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Online registration is now closed. Those who register and pay before April 15th will receive a reduced price. Discounts are also available for students and spouses/accompanying persons of registered participants. On-site registration will be available too (e-mail contact is required beforehand).
In order to register you need to use the Online registration facility:
You can pay online directly afterwards or log out, then log in again and pay the registration fee online. If you have made a mistake you can log back in and correct the data.
In case of any technical difficulties, please contact the conference office (firstname.lastname@example.org), quoting the Humor Conference in the message header.
Payment for the registration and other fees will be accepted via credit card or bank transfer in Polish zloties. If you wish to receive the invoice, you need to provide invoice details BEFORE payment.
Abstracts of your conference proposals will not be considered without registration (and payment). Abstracts should be submitted using our online facility too - please use the login and password selected at registration. You will be asked to attach the file (doc, rtf and txt files are accepted formats). You can submit several abstracts if necessary. Deadline for submitting abstracts is March 15th, 2012.
If you wish to cancel your registration, you must contact the conference office (email@example.com) by May 15, 2012 in order to receive a refund of your registration fees (minus bank charges). No refunds will be made after May 15th. Those who have submitted proposals will hear about their acceptance by approximately April 15th. However, those who register and submit their proposal early will receive the reply much sooner so they can make early arrangements for travel.
All details will be available on-line and will be e-mailed to the participants.
Below are fees in Polish zloties (the assumed exchange rate is $1= 3,1 złoty; see the current rate e.g. here; it is advantageous now - you can save if you register quickly) .
|Participant categories||Early - Basic fee||Early - Full fee (with meal plan*)||Late - Basic fee||Late - full fee||On site - basic fee only||Pre-conference tutorials**|
|ISHS members||710 PLN (~$230)||850 PLN||899 PLN||1039 PLN||930 PLN||150 PLN (~$50)|
|Non-members||899 (~$290)||1039 PLN||1116 PLN||1256 PLN||1160 PLN||150 PLN|
|Students||186 PLN (~$60)||326 PLN||186 PLN||326 PLN||250 PLN||150 PLN|
|Spouse or accompanying person||155 PLN (~$50)||295 PLN||230 PLN||370 PLN||250 PLN||150 PLN|
* Four lunches (Tuesday through Friday).
** 20%- reduction for conference registrants. The registration for tutorials is available continually even after the March deadline (provided there are still places). The tutorials fee will not rise even after the early registration ends.
Participants who pay after April 15th will be charged the Late Fee.
$30 - associate membership (without subscription to the Humor journal)
$60 - membership with online suscription to the Humor journal
$100 - membership with print subscription to the Humor journal
More details at: http://www.hnu.edu/ishs/MembersCenter.htm
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When you register for the conference as an ISHS member, make sure you have paid your dues for 2012.
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quoting "Financial support for the ISHS 2012."
If you decide to contribute, please send a message to the Conference Chair about it. Your contribution will be greatly appreciated and acknowledged at the conference. You can make a difference and help humor research expand!
Participants wishing to apply for this grant should register for the conference, submit their abstract and send a message to the Conference Chair informing about their situation and attaching the full paper.
In 2006, Holy Names University in Oakland, California established a special ISHS fund, so that the Society could receive contributions to support and recognize graduate students. Scholarships may be awarded to help a student complete important humor research or to present at one of our annual conferences. An Awards Committee, established by the ISHS Executive Board, currently determines the number and the size of each award based on merit, need, and the availability of funds.
If you wish to apply, please register for the conference, submit an abstract and send the full paper to the Conference Chair by May 10th 2012.
Students enrolled in graduate programs (masters or doctoral level) but who have not yet completed all of their requirements may apply for the award, established in 2012.
When applicants submit their conference proposals, they must inform the Organizers that they wish to be considered for one of the Don and Alleen Nilsen Young-Scholar Awards. If their proposal is accepted, they will be asked to send in their complete written paper by May 10th 2012.
For the 2012 ISHS Conference, scholars, professionals, and students are invited to submit proposals for papers, panels, workshops, and posters in the form of short abstracts (around 350 words). Deadline is March 15th, 2012. All prospective paper presenters must register for the entire conference and pay registration fees at the time that they submit their abstract. If your proposal is not accepted for the conference, a full refund will be made at your request (minus bank charges). More than one panel or paper can be submitted. Presentations should be planned according to the following guidelines:
The following is a recommended (but not exhaustive) list of areas where scholarly contributions are welcome (submission of moderated panels is encouraged):
Contributions are still solicited only for the panels marked in bold. Contact the conference secretary or the conveners if you wish to sign up for one of the panels.
Panels with already full lists of contributors:
Session organizers: Diana E. Popa, “Dunarea de Jos” University of Galati & Villy Tsakona, Democritus University of Thrace
Humour in politics: powerful or powerless?
Political humour is usually produced either by politicians, in order, for instance, to undermine their opponents, or by journalists, political commentators, artists, cartoonists, ordinary people, etc., in order to criticise politics and politicians. It surfaces in political and non political settings. Politicians’ humour prototypically occurs in settings where serious political discourse is expected to prevail, such as parliaments, political debates, party congresses, interviews, etc. Political humour produced by the media and ordinary people mostly occurs in the form of institutionalized humorous genres, such as jokes, cartoons, TV or radio satirical shows, humorous websites, humorous festivals etc. The latter kind of political humour may also spill over genres which are neither humorous by definition, such as news reports, graffiti, and political slogans, nor political, such as musicals and postmodern performances.
The goal of the session is to bring together researchers who engage with humour and politics to spark new discussions on the relationship between humour and power and on the impact or/and effect that the former might have over the latter. We welcome papers on topics such as, but not limited to:
Interested participants are invited to send an abstract of 300 words to Diana E. Popa (dpopa at ugal.ro) and Villy Tsakona (villytsa at otenet.gr) by the 1st of March, 2012.
Session organizer: Andrew Goatly, Lingnan University, Hongkong.
Contributions are invited for a panel with the title of Meaning and Humour. The central focus of the panel would be the distinctive ways in which jokes exploit linguistic meaning, such as the overriding of priming/forced reinterpretation, and the ways in which such exploitation differs from the cases of irony and metaphor. However, depending on response, the panel may also entertain any paper which deals with the meaning-humour interface, whether generated linguistically or visually, and including the exploration of various kinds of ambiguity, and the diverse kinds of meanings and functions —textual, interpersonal, cognitive--- humour can serve.
The panel would consist of a maximum of 4 papers (length to be determined), followed by a panel discussion.
Session organizers: Dorota Brzozowska, Opole University and Władysław Chłopicki, Jagiellonian University, Kraków
People all over the world have heard about “Polish jokes” – but are they really Polish? Do they present the only and the true side of Polish humorous life? The aim of the panel is to answer those and many other questions in order to demystify the issue of Polish character and its place in the traditional and modern world. The presenters are invited to show the whole range of Polish humour possibilities – and take part in the interdisciplinary discussion about the specifically Polish style of humour, its influences, roots and consequences, as well as about its sociological, psychological, philological and philosophical sides. A discussion is also encouraged about the historical, geographical and political consequences of being situated in the east-central part of Europe, the significance of the fact for the way of seeing and perceiving the reality as well as its reflection in humorous genres.
The possible areas to be dealt with:
Genres/forms of humour
Humour studies in Poland
Session organizer: Anna T. Litovkina, Tischner European University, Kraków
As a well-known Hungarian proverbs points out, Sírva vigad a magyar [Hungarian has fun while crying]. This panel, while encouraging innovative interdisciplinary dialogues, warmly welcomes proposals for papers from all disciplines, professions and vocations that examine any aspects of Hungarian humour. The following is a list of possible topics for papers (the list is not exhaustive):
Interested participants are invited to send a 200 word abstract to Anna T. Litovkina (litovkin at terrasoft.hu) by the 15th of March, 2012.
Panel on contemporary Italian humour
Convener: Monica Boria, Nottingham Trent University (UK), firstname.lastname@example.org
The variety of comic forms in Italian culture since medieval times has been remarkable, both on the ‘learned’ and the popular front: from Boccaccio’s beffa to court fools, from traditional carnival celebrations to the ‘slapstick’ comedy of the commedia dell’arte, from the literary parodies of Pulci or Aretino to the amusing paintings of Arcimboldo. Times of heavy censorship (Counter-Reformation, Fascism) and the rise of certain artistic and intellectual forces (classicism, idealism) have often redrawn the boundaries of decorum, changing behavioural norms to the detriment of popular expressions of humour.
Seriousness and sophistication has been at the forefront of Italian cultural production well into the 20th century, however the rapid modernisation of Italy in the post-war years and subsequent political and social changes have slowly redressed the balance, especially in the mass media, with a plethora of comedians on TV, the bittersweet cinematic comedies from the 1960s, the countercultural theatre of Dario Fo, the satirical magazines of the 1970s, the popular jokes and political humour sparked by the corruption scandals of the early 1990s and, more recently, by Berlusconi.
Where is Italian humour heading in the new millennium? What is its relationship with traditional forms? What has the impact of the new media and globalisation on Italian humour been? Has recent immigration to Italy, traditionally a country of emigrants, produced new hybrid forms of humour?
The aim of this session is to attempt to answer some of these questions, by bringing together Humour Studies scholars with an interest in Italy and Italian culture as well as Italian Studies researchers interested in humour studies. Papers are welcome on a variety of cultural forms: film, television, radio, comics, websites/blogs, stand-up comedy, literature, theatre, jokes. Focus on one (or more) of the following aspects is particularly welcome, but proposals on other topics will also be considered:
National style of humour
Italian humour studies
Convener: Prof. John Parkin
Participants: Dr Jessica Milner Davis, Dr Will Noonan
Convener: Prof. Joyce Saltman, Southern Connecticut State University - New Haven, CT (Kopisalt@aol.com)
I would like to propose a session (as part of the panel) on "Jewish Women and Humor", dealing with three generations of very gutsy women who broke through a male-dominated arena. Women to be included will begin with Sophie Tucker, Fanny Brice and Molly Picon, and end with the modern comediennes like Sara Silverman, Elayne Boosler, Rita Rudner, Cory Kahaney and others. Highlights of their entrance into the world of comedy will be noted, and quotes and exemplary jokes created by each of these women will be included in the program.
Participants interested in joining the panel on Jewish humor are asked to register for the conference and send proposals for their papers to Prof. Saltman (Kopisalt@aol.com) by March 15th.
Joyce M. Saltman, Ed.D.
Professor Emeritus of Special Education
Southern Connecticut State University - New Haven, CT